Hoodia has been used for thousands of years by the San Bushmen of the
Kalahari Desert to counter hunger and thirst on hunting trips. Hoodia has
been studied by many scientists the past few years to determine what
ingredients of hoodia are responsible for this effect on the appetite.
Most of the study has focused on an active ingredient called P57 which is
now believed to be the main active nutrient found in hoodia. In laboratory
animal test scientists discovered that animals with P57 injections
exhibited dramatic reductions of food intake.
Brown researchers believe that P57 is
active in the hypothalamus - a brain structure that controls numerous
drives in the body such as appetite, sex, sleep and mood. It is believed
that additional P57 is able to increase ATP (energy compound) levels. This
increase causes the hypothalamus to signal the brain the stop eating. P57
seems to work like just like glucose which is known boosts ATP levels and
reduces appetite. The difference is that P57 has no calories.
Many clinical studies are currently being
done to determine the effectiveness and safety of hoodia. The initial
results seem to indicate that hoodia could be a very valuable tool as an
History of Hoodia
Hoodia Gordonii (Xhoba) is a succulent (cactus like) plant found in desert
regions of South Africa (Namibia, Angola and Botswana). Although it looks
like a small cactus, Hoodia is actually a type of milkweed. Being a
succulent, it contains a good deal of moisture, which, although bitter
tasting, is obviously useful when you’re out in the desert. For
thousands of years, the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert have used
Hoodia Gordonii to counter hunger and thirst, when they were deprived of
food on long hunting expeditions in the desert. Sucking on the pulpy
flesh, the Bushmen could not only slake their thirst but also, as they
discovered ages ago, quell their hunger.
In November of 2004, CBS
news created quite a buzz about hoodia when it ran a story with Leslie
Stahl which featuring Hoodia as a tool for battling weight. In Dec of
2004, Life Enhancement magazine reported that scientist had determined the
the active ingredient in Hoodia which helps control appetite was P57. Our
Hoodia-GL has been shown in laboratory analysis to have very high levels
of this active ingredient. Clinical studies are currently being done on
Hoodia to determine its effectiveness. In one of the first studies
completed, participants given hoodia were able to significantly reduce
their caloric input.
After Hoodia made national headlines with
the CBS news story, the Hoodia marketing wars began as companies began to
manufacture Hoodia as a nutritional supplement to assist with weight loss.
Today there are a large variety of Hoodia products being sold. There are
hoodia powders, extracts, hoodia from China, hoodia from South Africa and
different species of hoodia altogether. We believe the most effective
hoodia products are in extract form and come for Hoodia Gordonii in South
Not all members of the Hoodia family of
plants are biologically active. Hoodia GL is produced from the species Hoodia
Gordonii which has been used in the food chain of the indigent desert
people of South Africa. It is very important that this species of Hoodia
be used in any supplement since the others may not have the same effect.
Green Tea and Health
For thousands of years, green tea has been an integral part of the Asian
diet. It was believed that drinking several cups a day led to a longer and
healthier life. Green tea has also been reviewed for its fat burning
qualities. Green tea is a powerful source of polyphenols,
antioxidants that fight free radicals, unstable molecules that continually
attack the body. Each 2 capsule serving of Hoodia-GL contains 100mg of
polyphenols—as much as 10 cups of regular green tea.
Asked Questions on Hoodia GL with Green Tea
Should I take
Hoodia extract or Hoodia powder capsules?
The powder forms of hoodia are often significantly weaker forms of the
product and are usually the cheapest to manufacture. By contrast, Hoodia
GL is a 20:1 extract of hoodia. A 20:1 extract of hoodia is
still 100% hoodia, however it contains 20 times more hoodia plant than straight
hoodia powder. In other words, Hoodia GL contains 20 times more
functional hoodia than grinding up the hoodia plant itself.
Some websites selling hoodia powder products claim that
hoodia extracts contain no hoodia. While it is possible that some products
being sold as hoodia extract are not what they are labeled, this certainly
is not the case for Hoodia-GL. VitaBase Hoodia GL has been tested and
contains very high levels of P57, which is the active ingredient believed
to be responsible for Hoodia's weight control benefits.
Which Hoodia was
featured on 60 minutes?
The 60 minutes story did not endorse any nutritional supplement containing
hoodia. In the 60 minutes special, Leslie Stahl went to Africa and
actually tried "fresh" hoodia cactus. She reported that Hoodia
helped control her appetite. Companies that claim that their specific
product was endorsed or featured on 60 minutes are being a little
misleading in their marketing. You
can read the transcript of the 60 minutes report here.
How much Hoodia is
We recommend taking 2 capsules per day of Hoodia GL. Because our product
is in an 20:1 extract, this is the equivalent of 10,000 mg of our
competing hoodia powder products. It would take thirteen 400mg powder
capsules to equal the potency of one capsule of Hoodia-GL. Pregnant and
nursing women should avoid taking Hoodia-GL.
Is fake Hoodia
There is much speculation that a lot of the Hoodia being sold in this
country is fake. It is entirely possible. Without independent testing it
is difficult for the consumer to verify one way or the other. When you buy
Vitabase Hoodia GL you can be sure that you are getting Hoodia Gordonii from
South Africa. Each batch of raw ingredients have been tested and certified
to be genuine.
As a dietary supplement, adults
take one capsule with water, two times daily before meals, or as directed by a
health care professional. Store in a cool, dry place and away from direct
Keep out of reach of
children. Pregnant and nursing women should avoid taking Hoodia-GL